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Portsea, Hampshire

Historical Description

Portsea, a parish in the southern division of Hampshire, forming, with Portsmouth, Landport, Southsea, Portsmouth Harbour, and Gosport the seaport called Portsmouth. Portsea was formerly known as "Portsmouth Common," but assumed its present name by Act of Parliament in 1792.

For further history of the area please see the article on Portsmouth.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Ecclesiastical parishPortsea St. Mary 
Poor Law unionPortsea Island 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Portsea from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


Online maps of Portsea are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

CountyCity of Portsmouth
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO1
Post TownPortsmouth